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  The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the Israelites thus: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete rest, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts of horns. On the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement, on which expiation is made ...read more
Message to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus To the Reverend Mother Sister Barbara Louise Staley, General Superior of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The centennial of the death of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is one of the main events marking the journey of the Church both because of ...read more
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – September 24th, 2017 When Jesus teaches through parables, he expresses profound truths with simple stories and images that engage minds and hearts. In the Old Testament, the use of parables reflects an ancient, culturally universal method of teaching an ethical lesson applicable to everyday life, by using ...read more
Reflecting on the day’s Gospel, which narrates the parable of the unforgiving servant, the Pope urged all Christians to open their hearts to forgiveness, and said that to be able to build peace, one must be able to forgive. “Forgiveness does not deny the injustice one has been subjected to”, the Pope said, “but it acknowledges the fact, that the human being, created in the image of God, is always superior to the wrong that is committed." Commenting on Jesus’ invitation to forgive “not seven times, but seventy-seven times,” the Pope said, it means, “that Christians are called always to show forgiveness." ...read more
On September 21 each year, it is good to reflect a vocation story from Matthew’s Gospel: the call and vocation of the evangelist in 9:9-13. Before Matthew became a disciple of Christ, he was a tax collector or “publican” in the town of Capernaum. Although Luke and Mark do say that Levi and Matthew are ...read more
I am extremely grateful to God for such a faith-filled, joyful pilgrimage experience with three million people from all over the world. Turbulent heat waves, rain, thunderstorms, and the sweat of three million people. Who knew what I was getting myself into as soon as I spontaneously booked my flight to Kraków, Poland. Being a ...read more